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Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras

You Pay: $39.50
Product Highlights
  • 16 Million Possible Channels
  • Operates on Radio Frequencies (RF)
  • Receiver has Dedicated Sony Shoe
  • Direct Line of Sight Not Required
  • Operating Range up to 320' (100 m)
  • Wireless Continuous or Single Exposures
  • Long Time Exposures
  • Transmitter Can Fire Multiple Receivers
  • Wireless Autofocusing & Triggering

Whether capturing images in the studio or on location, the Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release adds flexibility and versatility to your shooting style. Photography unplugged - shooters can interact with a model, view the scene or set from alternate angles, or set a camera by a stream to capture an image of a bear hunting while you remain at a safe distance away - all this and more without missing a beat, a shot, or a moment. This particular FreeWave unit is directly compatible with the Sony Alpha series of DSLRs. It can also be adapted to other camera systems by simply switching the connection cable.

This versatile shutter release features Smart Code technology which allows it to be configured to operate on up to 16 million possible radio channels. You can easily switch channels to "zero in" on a frequency that provides optimal range and functionality.

The FreeWave operates with radio frequency (RF) technology, therefore a direct line of sight is not necessary; radio waves pass through objects such as windows and walls. It is unlike other wireless remotes on the market that operate on an infrared (IR) system and require a direct line of sight between transmitter and receiver to make things work.

Since touching the camera even lightly while capturing an image can create a blurred image, the FreeWave eliminates this by tripping the shutter without any disturbances. This is critical when photographing subjects close up, and for long-exposures and macros. It is also extremely valuable when photographing nature, wildlife and other subjects that are difficult for you to get close to.

Compatible Cameras
Sony: Alpha A100, A200, A300, A350, A500, A550, A560, A580, A700, A850, A900, SLT A33, SLT A35, SLT A37, SLT A55, SLT A57, SLT A65, SLT A77
Minolta: 7D, 5D, 7i, 7, A1, A2
Smart Code
The FreeWave's Smart Code feature allows you to operate on 16,000,000 possible radio channels. No DIP switches need to be set, and one transmitter can trigger multiple receivers. The units have been synchronized at the factory, so your system can work right out of the box. However, to maximize signal quality and range, it is best to use the Smart Code technology to sense the "quiet" frequencies in your environment and re-synchronize on that channel.
Extended Range
The FreeWave can fire the camera's shutter from distances up to 320 feet (100 meters).
Dedicated Sony Shoe
The receiver sports a dedicated Sony type shoe, which means that it can be mounted directly to the camera's hot shoe.
Multi-function
Trigger your camera wirelessly or wired. Wired triggering even works if the receiver battery is dead or missing.
Dual-Function Release
Press the transmitter's button half way to focus; press it fully to trigger the shutter.
Delayed Release
The two-second delay function gives you extra time to get into position.
Multi-exposure
You can take multiple shots with one press of the trigger.
Long Exposures
With the FreeWave you can control the length of the exposure remotely.
LED Indicators
Two LED indicators confirm pre-focus and exposure when in the wireless mode.
Versatile
The FreeWave includes a camera release cable that works with your particular camera model. By simply changing to another cable (additional purchase required) a single receiver can work with many other cameras as well.
Smart Code Channels 16,000,000 possible codes
Range Up to 320' (100 m)
Frequency 433 MHz
Shutter Modes Single shot
2 sec delay
Continuous
Bulb
Confirmation LEDs 2 colors
Power Source Transmitter: 1 x 23A 12V battery
Receiver: 1 x CR2 3V battery
Battery Life Transmitter: up to 3 years
Receiver: approx. 20,000 triggers
Dimensions Transmitter: 3.22 x 1.06 x 0.55" (82 x 27 x 14mm)
Receiver: 2.32 x 1.49 x 1.14" (59 x 38 x 29mm) with cold shoe mount
Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras
  • Wireless RF Receiver
  • Wireless RF Transmitter
  • 23A 12V Battery for Transmitter
  • CR2 3V Battery for Receiver
  • FreeWave Camera Release Cable for Select Sony Cameras
  • Lanyard
  • Clip
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VelloFreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras
     
    4.8

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Reliable (15)
    • Compact (10)
    • Durable (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape photography (14)
      • Macro photography (14)
      • Portraits (13)
      • Travel (12)
      • Home (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (16), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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      5.0

      I'm so glad I bought this!

      By Cody's mom

      from Troy, Ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Macro Shots
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

        I have a Sony Alpha 580 and this wireless remote works great. Had a slight learning curve at first-operator error-something wasn't making contact properly. Once I took things apart and reconnected, it worked fine. I did notice that with the camera set to remote, it is on all the time and the battery goes down quickly. This is probably more a camera issue than a remote one. You can use the remote without setting the camera to "remote" but you lose precious moments while the camera "wakes up" and focuses.

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        5.0

        Very nice product.

        By Streets

        from Euless, TX.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

            As a bird photographer, the Vello Free Wave allows me to get very close to the subjects. So far, it has been very reliable and has operated from up to 50 feet away through double paned glass windows. This kind of performance was impressive for something so reasonably priced.

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            5.0

            Great!

            By Mister B

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                Works perfectly. Mounts perfectly. Everything is as described plus more!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works very well

                By Al Hefner

                from Reno, NV

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                  This little remote works like a champ on my Sony A65. The batteries that came with it were weak, probably from age, and that affected the performance. Once I got new batteries in both the transmitter and reciever, it worked without a single glitch.

                  Great for taking portraits when you are to be in the photo.

                  The antenna could be a drawback since it does need to be extended and could easily get bent or broken.

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                  4.0

                  well

                  By cccc

                  from Sl.Louis Mo

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                    got everything set up would not work, but I keep trying what could it be ,all the lights were not working so I tried a new battery, much better.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Free at Last!

                    By ElbieA

                    from Atlanta

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                      Delighted to receive my Vello Wireless Remote. Used it for the 1st time last weekend and loved the freedom and flexibility it gave. Loced the ability to focus and shoot from anywhere I was.

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                      5.0

                      Does the job well

                      By Victor Miely

                      from Champaign, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                          This FreeWave Wireless Remote works great. I got it for doing some experimenting with Bulb photos and others too. But it does exactly what it was made for. It took a little while to configure the wireless remote but just removing the battery in the receiver helped to reset it and once I did that couple times, it worked fine.

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                          5.0

                          Works every time

                          By steve

                          from ohio

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                            So far it has worked every time.

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                            4.0

                            Simple Awesome!! Just what i need

                            By Nash

                            from Pittsburgh

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                              I have had bad experiences ordering Vivitar. Though it claims that it is compatible with Sony A77, the receiver doesn't mount on Sony Hot Shoe as it is made for standard Hot shoe. I returned it and then found this product. B&H did right by putting in explicit description that it is compatible with Sony Hot Shoe. So, I ordered it and it impressed me a lot.

                              Firstly, I have given 4 stars because of the problem you would face after mounting this receiver on to the hot shoe. It just sticks in there and won't come out. All you have to do is pull it really really hard. Yes, you would feel it would break it but, it finally comes off. Good thing is this only the initial hiccup after that, it slides in really smooth and comes off easy.

                              I couldn't get continuous mode to work right. I use Single with Continuous on my camera. I just press and hold and let the camera do it for me.

                              I do HDR and this remote really helps me a lot especially when you cant do bracketed shots with the timer on on Sony A77.

                              All in all great product, decent quality. Good Range and would have given 5 stars if i didn't have that intial sliding issue.

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                              5.0

                              Great Value! Great Performance!

                              By Truetifoso

                              from Ladera Ranch,CA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                              This is my first remote, and it makes me ask myself why it took so long to buy one.

                              This particular unit is high quality and is easy to set-up and use. It performs well beyond its price.

                              I highly recommend it.

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                              4.0

                              Wireless Remote Shutter Release

                              By Anders at Ingaro

                              from Ingaro, Sweden

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                Sometime nice to take a picture with yorself

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Under Rated

                                By Misplaced Texan in Alabama

                                from Florence, Alabama

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Do Not Have One

                                Best Uses

                                • Especially Good For Bif S
                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                Tried to use a generic Wireless Release with not very good results. Plugged the Vello in to my a65 and it does everything it is supposed to do. I would definitely recommend it to a friend since Bello makes it for all major camera brands.

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                                5.0

                                I would buy this again

                                By Jimbo

                                from Vancouver, wa

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                  I use this product a lot when I'm doing long exposure shots on my tripod.. It works great in any position around the camera..

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                                  5.0

                                  Hands free, thus handy

                                  By DJ

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Hands Free Use Of Camera
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Romaing Range

                                  Cons

                                  • None at this time

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                  when doing portraits or shots involving the use of larger lens and tripods having a wireless remote is very handy. It allow you the freedom you need to take quality photos while maintaining control of the shutter.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Product

                                  By Mitchell

                                  from Grand Rapids, MI

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Needs Smaller Footprint

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                  Overall, this remote works great and is nicely made and is easy to use right out of the box! I'd prefer that the receiver had a smaller footprint, so it didn't interfere with the flash while mounted to the shoe. I had a HECK of time getting the receiver off the shoe the first time, to the point I was afraid of damaging the camera. (After sanding the latch mechanism a tiny bit with an emery board, it slides off just fine.) Lastly, I would have liked to review the manual before I purchased this unit, but neither B&H nor Vello offer one online.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great

                                  By Clint

                                  from Ocean Pines MD

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                    I have only used this on 2 or 3 occasions but It has worked well. I set up my camera outside on the patio and fired it through my living room window at a distance of about 25 feet.

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                                    4.0

                                    I would buy this product again

                                    By flash cube

                                    from Louisville Ky.

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                      I have only had this product for a short time but so far it seems to be working very well . The only problem I have had is it interferes with the popup flash . The instructions say it can be turned around backwards and mounted that a way but the way the unit and the camera are designed this does not work . It's very light and can dangle from the card that attaches it to the camera .

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                                      5.0

                                      Does the job well

                                      By Larry

                                      from Albuquerque,NM

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Macro Photography

                                        Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                        For a quite inexpensive device it does the job perfectly. It has operated exactly on every use- no missed shutter releases. Seems to be reasonably well made. No complaints.

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome Product

                                        By Okamu

                                        from Honolulu, HI

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                              This product is awesome! Works great and is pretty responsive with my a55.

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                                              5.0

                                              Love my remote shutter release !!

                                              By photoman

                                              from Budd Lake, NJ

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Great product
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                              • None to date

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • Macro Photography
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Studio
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Sony Alpha Cameras:

                                              I use this remote for some of my nature photography and I also used it many times at a recent family reunion as it allowed me to be in the group photos as well.
                                              I really like the range of use with it and it serves me very well.

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                                              General Brand -  CR-2 3v Lithium Battery
                                              • You Pay: $3.99
                                               

                                              Will work only on the receiver.

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